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Gather & Grow

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Visitors at our last Gather & Grow tour of the summer at Hostile Valley Living.

Thanks to all our attendees and hosts for another great year of Gather & Grow tours. We loved spending the summer with all of you as we explored gardens and homesteads, shared tips and resources, and enjoyed the growing season here in Maine.

Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door.

Email Anna at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.


Tour a Homestead Focused on Food Preservation
July 11, 2019 – 6:00 p.m., The Washington Homestead, 55 Youngs Hill Rd., Washington, Maine 04574
Patty Manson owns and operates her own family CSA and preserves over 300 quarts of vegetables and fruits from her own land. Visit with a variety of farm animals, explore her garden beds and enjoy the views of her 50 acres of blueberry fields. Ask about wool spinning, soap and juice making. See how you, too, can raise your own food.

Enjoy Mort Mather's Farm to Table Garden
July 25, 2019 – 6:00 p.m., Easter Orchard Farm, 802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells, Maine 04090
At Easter Orchard Farm, farmer and longtime MOFGA members Mort and Barbara Mather raise MOFGA-certified organic vegetables for Joshua's Restaurant in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provided over 12,000 pounds of vegetables last year for their son's truly farm-to-table restaurant. Mort was once the MOFGA Board President and wrote the classic gardening book "Gardening for Independence."

Tour an Early Stage Homestead
August 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m., Living Light Homestead, 54 Kelly Ln., Surry, Maine 04684
Matt and Alice have been developing their property for just a few years. They've been clearing land by hand, building and living in a 10'x10' round-pole timber frame cabin, and planting out an edible landscape – all while carrying water and no on-site electricity. They will demonstrate an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill for lumber making. An ideal visit for those interested in, or just starting up their own land-based lifestyle on a budget.

Explore Will Bonsall's Homestead and Gardens
August 22, 2019 – 6:00 p.m., Khadighar Farm, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, Maine 04938
Known by many throughout Maine, Khadighar Farm is a unique example of veganic gardening. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, and grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees).

Meet Geese, Goats, and More at Hostile Valley Living
August 27, 2019 – 6:00 p.m., Hostile Valley Living, 169 Upper Hostile Valley Rd., Liberty, Maine 04949
Hostile Valley Farm is a 93-acre homestead in Liberty. When Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Patrick Jackson first moved there in the spring of 2016, the farm had been abandoned for over twenty years. Over the course of three years the couple has made the barn a comfortable home for their dairy goats, two dozen geese, flock of chickens and guinea fowl, and pair of pigs. They've returned the fields to open land for haying and future orchards, vineyards, and crops, and are working on clearing a few additional acres and adding ponds for their waterfowl. Using their own manpower and working smartly with their livestock, they also maintain a large personal vegetable garden. Kirsten is the author of "The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese" and "So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life." She travels Maine talking to want-to-be-homesteaders.